Sharp drop in Sheffield youth unemployment - and Rotherham, Barnsley & Doncaster follow suit

The number of 16 to 24-year-olds claiming unemployment benefits in Sheffield has fallen
The number of 16 to 24-year-olds claiming unemployment benefits in Sheffield has fallen
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The number of young people claiming unemployment benefits in Sheffield has fallen 52 per cent in the last five years, new figures show.

There are now 2,320 claimants aged 16 to 24, compared to 4,855 in 2010.

The total number of claimants in Sheffield has fallen 37 per cent since 2010.

Rotherham and Doncaster showed similar changes, while Barnsley saw a 59 per cent decrease among young people and a 43 per cent overall drop in the same timeframe.

Nigel Coleman of Jobcentre Plus said the statistics are encouraging. He said: “The economy has grown and we’ve got an awful lot of employers feeling confident.”

Mr Coleman added the retail sector in Sheffield is ‘buoyant’ with the presence of Meadowhall.

A job recruitment fair at the shopping centre last month attracted more than 1,500 people, many of whom were students looking to work during the Christmas season.

Mr Coleman added that a Marks and Spencer warehouse in Castle Donington in Derbyshire was also recruiting Sheffielders as they were struggling to fill 900 vacancies.

Employment figures released by the Office of National Statistics showed mixed results within the wider region. Yorkshire and The Humber saw the greatest increase in new workforce jobs in the UK, with 37,000 new positions between March and June of this year, outpacing London by 2,000.

Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “The female employment rate in the Yorkshire and the Humber is higher than in London.”

However, Yorkshire came second after the North East with high unemployment rates at 6.3 per cent. The national average is 5.4 per cent.